Please allow me to introduce to you Handsome Dan, an English bulldog that Yale adopted in 1889 as their mascot. Here is a picture of him taken during the 1890s: And here is a picture I took of him today: Yes, the dog in the picture is the same dog that thrilled Yale supporters in […]
The pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales are traveling to the shrine of Thomas á Becket, whose tomb was one of the most important destinations for English Christians. But who was Thomas á Becket, and what made his shrine so revered among the people? It’s a pretty interesting story, actually. Thomas á Becket was born in […]
Did you know… …that The Canterbury Tales was not written by a man named Edmund Canterbury? But rather by a fellow named Geoffrey Chaucer who was, of all things, English? Today was our first day of class, which is held in the delightfully named Linsly-Chittenden Hall on High Street. Dr. Patterson started his lecture on […]
I leave for a six-week seminar at Yale University on Friday, and I am reflecting upon the many, many remarkable people who have studied there. As a preparation for starting my work there, I have written a little about ten Yalies that I find particularly interesting. Most of them graduated from the university, but some […]
Here’s a link to a brief article about my NEH grant in the Rhodes magazine.
I’m not good at winning things. In fact, the last time I genuinely won an individual award was in 9th grade, when I was nominated to the All-Star team for my rec baseball team in the Germantown Youth Athletic Association. That changed on April first, when I learned that I had won a grant from […]